PARENT’S CONDUCT. There is never a place in youth sports to use vulgarities, threats, intimidation, or use of physical aggression. Youth sports provide a great opportunity for children to compete and build their characters. As children, they need constant positive fan support and encouragement. Booing and other negative gestures and language from the sidelines are never appropriate (whether it is aimed at your own child or someone else’s), so be sure to stay focused on positively supporting the children at all times.
LET THE COACHING STAFF COACH – PRACTICE AND GAMES. While it may be easy to second-guess your child’s coach from the sidelines, please do not overlook how challenging it is for coaches to be sure that all of the players have an opportunity to develop and the team is given the best possible chance to win. While coaches are conducting practice or coaching in games please refrain from coaching your child, it will not be beneficial for your child and the coaching staff will not tolerate it. Failure to comply may lead to a parent or parents no longer being permitted to observe practice sessions.
48 HOUR RULE. If a parent has a complaint to log with the coaches regarding any particular games, they must wait at least 48 hours following the end of a game before voicing their displeasure at the coaches. Furthermore, comments directed to the coaches during games (time-outs, halftime, etc.) will also not be tolerated. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and the coaching staff will listen to and address each parent’s opinion provided they abide by this and all other rules discussed in this Agreement. If you have any questions or concerns please also feel free to contact BCE Directors Bruce Ostrout or Milton Bullard.
- Treat ALL players, coaches, opponents, and officials with respect and dignity.
- All comments of anyone associated with BCE from the sidelines will be encouraging and/or complimentary. Parents and guests will refrain from making comments about players’ mistakes or errors.
- Refrain from making derogatory comments to referees at any time.
- Coaching basketball is to be done only by coaches on staff. Parents agree to refrain from coaching or directing their child or other players during all games and practices.
- Discuss player and/or team concerns and problems directly with the Head Coach. These discussions will not take place right before or after a game. A meeting will be scheduled with the Head Coach to address any issue or concern. If any issue/concern is unresolved, the parent may then bring to the attention of the organization’s Directors. During the meeting, playing time and comparisons to other players will not be discussed. Remember, it is not the five best players. It is the five players that work together the best!
- Make sure player attends all practices and will is on time or early.
- Support coaches and encourage their athlete to do the same.
- If your player is going to be tardy or absent from practice or a game, parents must contact a the coach to make them aware.
- Parents are allowed at practices, but must not interfere with any practice functions.
Parent’s Code of Conduct (or Legal Guardian): • I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event. • I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player or parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures. • I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of athletes. • I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect at all times regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability. • I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition. • I will respect the officials and coaches for their authority during games and practices; I will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the gymnasium, but will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed-upon time and place. • I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the registered coaches for the team. • I have read and will also abide by the 5 rules for parents in the Expectations document.
The basketball court/gym during practices is for the team ONLY – no siblings or friends are allowed on the court or for that matter in the gym. Permits and the liability insurance the club holds through AAU is only for registered members and not their siblings or friends. 12. Parents will be allowed to watch practices, but please no communication with your child while practice is on – let the coaches coach. If this becomes a concern to the coach(es), e.g, parents yelling from the side of the gym and distracting players, parents will be asked to leave the gym during practices or games. Remember be seen and not be heard, or better yet – use the practice time to run an errand, catch up on things outside the gym. Coaches will always make sure that there are at least three adults (among the coaches and team manager) in the gym to deal with any player injuries or issues. 13. If you have a concern about your child’s development, playing time, health issues, etc., please NEVER come up to a coach during, before or right after a game or a practice and demand to talk to them right then. Please call or email them later to make an appointment to talk outside of the gym and away from other team members. 14. Parents please remember to release your child to the coach and the team. Unfortunately, your playing days may be over so don’t live through your child. They have enough pressures on their shoulders and they don’t need your weight on them. Cheer for all Classics players because it makes for a pleasant experience all around. Please do not coach your son/daughter or the team from the sideline. Refrain from using improper language towards refs and opposing fans/players. Let the referees ref the game because you are not making the situation better by screaming. 15. Allow your child to relax after the game and if they want to talk to you about the game then they will. With this in mind, do not engage in a conversation with your player or the coach after the game about the game. This just makes for a better car ride home for all involved. If you have concerns set up a time to speak with the coach and hopefully come to a resolution.